Hello, Welcome to MessyBlog!

My name is Leslie.
I help busy parents devise fun activities for different age groups so that they can lead a happy and inclusive family life.

I started this blog when I discovered I was 21 weeks pregnant with my now 4-year-old son, Dexter. At first, it was a way to document what was going on. It evolved to capture the fun activities and sensory play we did together, what he learnt and how he developed.
Eventually, our family grew and we welcomed our now 2-year-old, Paisley and our baby girl, Bridget.

Dexter and Paisley meeting Bridget for the first time


Before the girls were born, I spent so much time with Dexter trying to give him the best experiences I could. We don’t have a lot of money but that didn’t stop me from taking him out exploring the woods or the parks and gardens. Letting him get messy with gloop, or shaving foam and coloured spaghetti. I took him to the library and to baby groups and I loved watching him learn and grow.
Once the girls came along, I found it hard to give them the same experiences that I gave Dexter. There were more of them and at different ages and abilities. I struggled to spread myself between their different needs.

Making changes for 2018

Back in 2016, I started to write about a wider range of topics within our family dynamic. Things like Dexter’s epilepsy and I focused for a little while on things to do in Peterborough. While those things are important to me, I want to take the blog back to the fun that Dexter and I used to have. I want to give the girls the same experiences, but I also want to share those with you.

I know that finding things to do that are suitable for a baby, a toddler and a school-aged child can be very difficult and when I was looking for these things, I struggled to find them. Starting this year, I’m bringing this focus to my blog. The girls have already missed out on so much that Dexter had so my aim is to go back to the fun and explorative parent I was but to also help you to do the same.

Ok, so what else?

There will, of course, be other things here too.

  • Bridget is just starting to eat solid foods and I documented our weaning journey with both Dexter and Paisley so you’ll be able to find lots of food-related stuff.
  • With Dexter having just started school, I am navigating the world for the first time as a school mum so you can expect school related posts too such as this one – What to expect on your childs’ first parent’s evening
  • And of course, we still have a huge love of our local area so there will be posts about Peterborough and what’s going on in our home city.

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  • Reply Julie Kelly February 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Love reading your blogs. In today’s chaotic society that sometimes seems so rushed and unconsidered it’s good to see there are people that think the way you guys do. Embracing the world, it’s cultures and focusing on what really matters xx

  • Reply Claire February 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Your blog is great! I really enjoying catching up with you guys and all the lovely photos you out up. X

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